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Lesley L. Smith has collected a plethora of degrees including a M.S. and a Ph.D. in Elementary Particle Physics. In 2012 she completed her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University.

Lesley's short science fiction has been published in several venues including "Analog Science Fiction and Fact", "Daily Science Fiction" and Nano Meets Macro. She is an active member of the Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW).

She is a founder and editor of the speculative fiction ezine Electric Spec (www.electricspec.com). She enjoys blogging about writing and speculative fiction (electricspec.blogspot.com ).

She has had a variety of scientific jobs including investigating quarks, dark matter, extrasolar planets, clouds, atmospheric chemistry and global warming. She has worked for a variety of research institutions including The University of Kansas, Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NASA, and The University of Colorado.

Lesley's nonfiction articles have been published in several venues including Journal of Climate, Climate Dynamics, Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan, Journal of Hydrometerology, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Astrophysical Journal, Physical Review, and Modern Physics Letters. She is a long-time member of the The American Physical Society(APS) and The American Geophysical Union (AGU).

She also enjoys giving presentations about writing, science, and speculative fiction. For example, Lesley discussed "The Next Buggywhip", "Higgs Bosons & Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos", and "Transparency & Ethics in Scientific Research" at Mile Hi Con 44 October 19-21, 2012 in Denver.

In September 2013 she presented a Writing Workshop "Stealing from the Best" at RMFW's Colorado Gold.
In September 2012 she presented a Short Story Workshop at RMFW's Colorado Gold.
In September 2011 she was a panelist for "Short Story Critique Workshop" and "Literature and Liquor" at RMFW's Colorado Gold conference.
In October 2011 she was on the panels "Why Do Scientists Keep Changing Their Minds?", "Exoplanet Findings","Print, Film & the Future Vision of P.K.Dick", and "A Dazzling Dozen Short Stories" at MileHiCon 2011.
In October 2010 she was on the panels "Dystopias in Science Fiction" and "Weird Physics" at MileHiCon 2010.
In September 2010 she gave several workshops at RMFW's Colorado Gold conference 2010, including "How to Write Funny" and "Short Story and a Beer".

Lesley lives in Boulder, Colorado with her collections of books, pets and diplomas--or was that pet diplomas?

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